With cameras and reporters locked in on the Super Bowl MVP's press conference, one man decided it was the perfect time to grab the spotlight and make a political statement.
Sports Illustrated's Don Banks described the scene that occurred during Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith's question-and-answer session:
Bizarre moment at Malcolm Smith presser: a 9/11 Truther grabbed the mic and said "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by our govt.''— Don Banks (@DonBanks) February 3, 2014
Video of the incident has since surfaced, via Indigo Flow Ink on Vine:
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 3 at 10:35 a.m. ET
The Super Bowl crasher has been identified as 30-year-old Brooklyn man Matthew Mills.
Mills shared his story of how he got into the Super Bowl with A.J. Perez of NJ.com:
Matthew Mills, an 30-year-old independent journalist from Brooklyn, told NJ.com his aim was just to get close to MetLife Stadium—which had layers of security in what's supposed to be the most secure sporting event in the United States—so he could conduct some fan interviews.
Then the self-described 9/11 truther saw an employee bus at Secaucus Junction and hopped aboard.
Around Mills' neck was an old credential from a festival he covered, a rectangular badge that, at quick glance, didn't look too dissimilar from the ones issued to media members, team employees and others who worked the Super Bowl.
He also used a common refrain whenever hassled by security, which is supposed verify each credential or ticket with a barcode along with putting attendees through other security screenings.
"I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there," Mills said. "It was that simple."
Mills said he got through multiple layers of security using that bogus story.
"I didn't think that I'd get that far," Mill said. "I just kept getting closer and closer. Once I got past the final gate and into the stadium, I was dumbfounded."
After the game concluded, Mills walked into the media tent, where players and coaches were brought for interviews.
"I just saw my opportunity to get my word out there and I took it," Mills said.
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Smith had no idea what was going on, but he did a good job of staying composed while the man took the microphone.